Kansans are fortunate to have access to numerous outdoor recreational opportunities and spaces, yet many are spending more time indoors and are not taking advantage of the health, physical and social benefits of spending time recreating outdoors. Likewise, many outdoor organizations lack the necessary tools to share information about their activities and trails across the state. GetOutdoorsKansas is working to reverse these trends and grow the outdoor culture through this website and trail map feature.
Created in 2014, the website and coalition efforts of GetOutdoorsKansas are the results of collaborative efforts from two non-profits, the Kansas Trails Council and the Kansas Wildscape Foundation. Primary funding support and partnership was provided by the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans. This Topeka-based philanthropy directs resources statewide with the aim of promoting healthy living in partnership with communities and schools; improving health care for the whole person; and developing leaders of Kansas organizations in a variety of sectors. As part of its Healthy Living & Active Communities program, Sunflower has long supported grassroots efforts to assure individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can get outdoors and be physically active. Additional support has been provided by the Westar Energy Green Team and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Together, these collaborations and partners have made it possible for GetOutdoorsKansas to create the most comprehensive trail map in the state.
The GetOutdoorsKansas model is based on grass root contributions of content by organizations who sponsor or promote outdoor activities, and by managers who build and maintain trails in the state. This approach enables the website to be updated continuously with accurate and relevant outdoor opportunities for all interests.
GetOutdoorsKansas partners work together to facilitate and encourage participants of all skill levels, abilities and interests to experience the outdoors in a way that encourages:
- Healthy, active outdoor lifestyles
- Conservation, awareness and respect
- Natural resources stewardship
- Recreation participation
If you would like to become a GetOutdoorsKansas partner please visit Become a Partner.